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8 Dec 2017

Upgraded Belarusian worsted fabric factory told to increase output

Upgraded Belarusian worsted fabric factory told to increase output

MINSK, 8 December (BelTA) – The Belarusian worsted fabric factory Kamvol should increase the output of fabrics up to 7-8 million running meters per annum. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko gave the relevant instructions during the tour of the enterprise on 8 December, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko told Kamvol employees: “A good manufacturing facility has been created. Maybe you and I will be pleased with it. But that’s for the next year. I think that by the end of the year you will manage to reach the pace and the volumes we intended to reach in two years — 6 million running meters of fabric. But 6 million is not the limit even for this factory. I want at least 7 million or maybe 8 million. We will see how much we should get in these walls, from these machines, at this enterprise.”

The Turkish company Zen Led had signed a technology transfer contract and a dealership contract with Kamvol. Alexander Lukashenko noted that while talking to top executives of the Turkish company he had touched upon prospects of increasing the output capacity up to 10-12 million running meters per annum. “They told me that it is possible to sell 12 million per annum in 3-4 years after creating a brand name. They may be in error. Let’s say 10 million. But we used to make 20 million in the past. Yes, the fabric was different, the enterprise was totally different. Good fabric is in demand on the market.”

Upgraded Belarusian worsted fabric factory told to increase outputAlexander Lukashenko stated that the capacity of today’s global market of worsted fabric makes about 120 million running meters. “We could sell our 10-12 million as part of these 120 million. Don’t think that the market can buy only 120 million and 130 million won’t sell. Just don’t. Become part of the 120 million figure. You should sell more,” said the president.

The fate of another Belarusian fabric manufacturer OAO Sukno was mentioned during the visit. OAO Sukno is about to undergo rehabilitation. Various ways of accomplishing it has been considered ranging from merging Sukno with Kamvol in order to up the output from over 300,000 running meters to 700,000-800,000 running meters per annum and ending with fully reviving the enterprise in its current premises and upgrading the manufacturing facilities.

After hearing the proposals Alexander Lukashenko asked top executives of the Turkish company Zen Led how fast the Sukno factory can be modernized and secure steady product sales. The president was told that the factory may be able to produce and sell about 4 million running meters of woolen fabric within two years. “Why can they sell 4 million running meters of woolen fabric per annum, while you suggest making ten times less than that?” the head of state asked representatives of government agencies.

Alexander Lukashenko gave instructions to think carefully about ways to preserve full-scale woolen fabric manufacturing in Belarus.

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